Western University of Health Sciences’ Center at Chico will salute more

than 20 students for their academic and community achievements at an

awards ceremony on Friday, April 9 at the California Park Pavilion, Chico.

Physician assistant (PA) students in WesternU’s College of Allied Health

Professions and students in the College of Graduate Nursing’s Master of

Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program will be

honored with awards in several categories.

Gary Guglechuk, PhD, dean of the College of Allied Health Professions, and

Karen Hanford, MSN/FNP, assistant dean of the College of Graduate Nursing,

will present awards for leadership, community excellence, school spirit,

service and class morale. Also recognized will be nominees for the

National Dean’s List and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities

and Colleges.

Carl E. Trinca, vice provost/vice president of strategic planning, will be

keynote speaker. Stephanie Bowlin, EdD, PA-C, chair, department of

physician assistant education, also will be on hand to honor the students.

Those students to be recognized are:

Kathryn A. Boling, MSN/FNP ’00; Christopher P. Grudowski, MSN/FNP ’00;

Jacquelyn Brophy, MSN/FNP ’00; Renee M. Carini, MSN/FNP ’99; MSN/FNP ’00;

Robin E. Peterson, MSN/FNP ’00; Susan J. Ashcraft, MSN/FNP ’00; Rhonda L.

Strunk-Davis, MSN/FNP ’00; Jennifer J. Cannon, MSN/FNP ’00; and Mari S.

Hunter, MSN/FNP ’00.

Those students in the physician assistant program to be honored are: Marla

S. Huston, PA ’00; Russell E. Sanders, PA ’00; Marcus E. Harris, PA ’00;

Christopher Baker, PA ’00; Blake Burnard, PA ’00; Kerry A. Kelleher,

PA ’00; Christopher Kantmann, PA ’00; Tracy A. Harris, Brian D. Friedt

PA ’00; Shelly S. Gamache, PA ’00; Amy J. Morgan, PA ’00; Todd C. Richter,

PA ’00; and Debra Vockel, MSN/FNP ’00.

WesternU at Chico’s PA program is two years in length. The first year is

spent in a classroom setting with the second year spent in clinical


The MSN/FNP program is the first of its kind to be offered as a primarily

Internet-based curriculum. (In addition to their Web-based assignments,

FNP students complete weekly clinical assignments under the supervision of

a local preceptor, and are required to attend eight on-site weekend visits

per year.)

WesternU opened its Chico site in January 1997 at the Craig Hall Complex

on West Third Street in Chico. The charter class at Chico included 30 PA

students and 10 MSN/FNP students.

The evening begins with a 5:30 reception followed by dinner at 6:30.

California Park Pavilion is at 2500 California Park Drive, Chico.

For more information, contact Karen Albright at 898-7034 or 898-7020.